List of Community Events

“Gambatte Be Strong” at Vanport Mosaic Festival – May 27th & 28th

From Japantown to the Portland Livestock Exposition, from WWII concentration camps to the Vanport flood–the immigrant journey of the Japanese in Oregon is paved with stories of perseverance and courage.  Gambatte Be Strong is an original reading of the little known stories featuring the return of Japanese Americans to Oregon after their incarceration during WWII. […]

Call for Volunteers: Lincoln Street Elementary Career Day – June 15th & 16th

Lincoln Street Elementary, a Spanish/English bilingual elementary school (K-6) in Hillsboro, needs volunteers for a special career day event. They’re inviting various professionals to the school to introduce their jobs so that the students can explore many different types of future paths. They’d love for a former JET to talk about teaching English in Japan. When: […]

Sogetsu Ikebana Show – June 3rd & 4th

Beyond Bold Japanese floral fine art exhibition. Beyond Bold perfectly describes the focus of Sogetsu’s founder, Sofu Teshigahara, for his new extremely revolutionary Sogetsu Ikebana. And his original intent has persisted and flourished worldwide for these past 90 years.The fine artists of Sogetsu Ikebana in Portland are honored to reflect his exciting Bold vision. When: 10am […]

Kabuki Dance Drums 2017: The Castle Tower & The Puppeteer – May 30th

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies, the Department of World Languages and Literatures, and the School of Music Present their spring kabuki productions: The Castle Tower and The Puppeteer, directed by Professor Larry Kominz. When: May 30 – 31, 7:00 P.M. Where: Lincoln Performance Hall (1620 SW Park Ave.) What: These plays are full of emotion and imagination, […]

en Taiko Fundraising Concert – June 18th

Dynamic children’s drumming group en Taiko will perform new compositions for koto & taiko by Mitsuki Dazai as a fundraiser to support their non-profit, whose mission is to “foster a community where participants from various ethnic backgrounds work together to create music while learning the cultural traditions of others”. When: 2:30pm, Sunday June 18th Where: Da Vinci Middle School […]

Saké Fest PDX – June 21st

Portlanders will gather to experience the finest Japanese and US saké brands, as part of the 7th annual Saké Fest PDX. Saké Fest PDX is the only event of its kind in the Northwest.  Tickets include food and all saké sampling stations – even rare & premium saké varieties – while learning how to pair the […]


The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.